Evening everyone! How has the first day back at work been for you? As fun and productive as mine I hope? Or at least bearable. ;)
No preamble today, no blathering, let’s just do it.
Actions Last Week
Prepare and send January’s newsletter to all subscribers
Done. I hope you guys are enjoying the story?
Name the drama-triangle (ugh)
Eerm. I’ve named the three sides of the triangle (ha!) but not the shape as a whole. Does that count? *head desk*
Outline Michael Garran’s story
Done. As well as Diavian’s and Ileandra’s (yes, yes, I know, damnit, I’ll change her name!). I had to physically stop myself from writing, it would have been just too much fun. Plus I have some major wrinkles to smooth out before I can, so it was best not to do anything.
Activities For The Week
Welp… I’m a lot further ahead than I thought I was going to be. So that’s good. However those wrinkles I mentioned…
Remember how once upon a time, every new character I created had my name? Well… they were often the same character as well, just put in a different setting. There’s the Silk Over Razor Blades version of Ileandra (who is now named Lenina Miller), the Gaea version of Ileandra (who is now named D’nai T’keyah) and the roleplay version of Ileandra (who is still called Ileandra Young *sigh*).
The roleplay version of Ileandra is the one that features in this ‘drama-triangle’ but she’s also the version that appears in the short story I’ve sent to subscribers. Except in a miscalculation (otherwise known as a wild cock-up) I called the subscriber-story-version D’nai T’kyeah.
Does your head hurt yet?
I need to decide if the modern and traditional versions of roleplay Ileandra Young are going to remain the same (meaning I’ll need to explain the time skip within the story I’m writing now, though subscribers will already know about it because of the story they’re currently receiving) or if I should keep them separate. And I need to do that before I decide if the new-subscriber-story will be set in the same world as Silk Over Razor Blades, thus giving it the same vampire mythos.
Right. Okay, so what the hell do I do this week?
- Figure out… that stuff *points* (by Tuesday 20)
- Name the drama-triangle version of Ileandra (by Tuesday 20)
- Decide if I will keep the three stories separate (each about 11k) or interspersed into one running novella of around 33k (by Wednesday 21)
- Start writing: get at least 10k drafted
Yes. I know, I know, WTF, right? But looking at the plan DSB put together for the year, it’s the only way I’ll be able to write the piece and edit it in time for distribution at the end of May (week 22). I’ll need to write it and get it out the way before I start drafting ‘On A Knife Point’ (which begins in week 8 – Feb 16).
If I’m going to do each of the three stories separate, then it’s not so bad, I can draft and edit them in chunks, but if I’m going to do the whole lot as a single novella then I’ll really (really!) need to know exactly what’s happening so I can set up the plot arcs properly and make sure they criss-cross in the right places. That means getting it all written.
I have four weeks to do 33k words. Easy, really (she says!). But I figure if I aim for 10k a week, then I have that last week to play catch up if I need to.
I know I normally give myself a week to do these things on these lists but you’ll notice extra dates in this week’s batch of activities. That’s because I need as much time as possible to get this 10k down while DSB is going mad working on Caladria and Fab Fables (more on that next week).
Phew… okay. It will be fine. It will. Honest. Let’s just… ignore what I said last week about burning out. o.O